Weekend Bench #5: Advice

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 12-31-2008 04:31 AM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, more like add vise. Not much doing today. I spent a good 4 hours in the garage, but only got as far as mounting the end vise and the legs.

Using the predrilled holes on the legs and a transfer punch allows me to position the holes in the top.

I used a block jig to keep the holes lined up. I drilled the hole in the block using the drill press.

Next comes mounting the tail vise. I wavered back and forth on this. In the end I decided to just drop it into the end apron.

Using the 1/2in spiral upcut bit I can get most of the way there.

I had to finish up with my 1/2×2.5in straight bit to get full depth. In the end you have something like this…

I took liberty to flip the bench today.

Not much new there other than that I have bolted the top to the legs.

Add a chock to the vise and call it a day.

Time log for project: 22.5hr

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 04:39 AM

Nice looking bench. Just wondering, are you going to add stretchers to the legs to prevent side to side racking.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 12-31-2008 04:49 AM

Excellent question and a topic that I had intended to discuss. I have 4 kids running around and yelling at the moment, so please excuse any randomness.

The racking isn’t too bad, but it is there. That comes with the territory of putting that much mass above realatively thin legs w/o braces. I am still not done with the bench. It will receive a lower shelf and additional leg bracing before all is said and done. I decided to work on the vises and get the top bolted today. Stay tuned for additional updates and completed project posts. I probably have 2-3 more installments before completion.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#3 posted 12-31-2008 05:35 AM

Nice progress, Doug.

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#4 posted 12-31-2008 12:15 PM


You’re definitely getting some serious progress made on that bench! Some stretchers on those legs, whatever front vise you’re planning on using (if any), and some dog holes, and I’d call that bad boy done! It looks like it’s going to be seriously sturdy and will give you some good service.

Nice job!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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